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George here on the late shift. These stories hit the wires yesterday, or so their time-stamps state, but they weren't posted here...And if they aren't posted here, I tend to assume that the Nick Lidstrom of blogging has seen 'em and chosen to let them pass as they've hit a particularly repetitive tone.
The Denver Post does indeed tread upon some familiar ground in echoing Sports Illustrated's "50 Landmark Hockey Fights" with a series of articles about fighting, and it includes a similar Stu Grimson-penned endorsement of fighting to the one Grimson penned for SI, but it goes along the same path on a slightly different tack. I think they're worth reading.
Adrian Dater and Mike Chambers list their own "landmark fights," offer a "history of fighting in hockey," and they note the trio of enforcers who've passed away recently in Mark Rypien, Derek Boogard and Wade Belak, and yes, again, Grimson makes his mark with a new endorsement of hockey's version of self-policing, but all of the articles speak from a post-NHL alumni concussion lawsuit-filing perspective--including a Sunday notebook's version of Dater suggesting that the lawsuit is unlikely to reach its aim--but Dater and Chambers offer what I can only describe is a startling split in perspectives given that they speak to Avs enforcers Patrick Bordeleau and Cody McLeod about keeping their opponents honest...
from Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated,
SI.com: If they did take fighting out of the game, do you think that players would adjust and maybe, out of respect for the game, not take a run at a Crosby, a Gretzky, a Sakic?
SG: It's really hard to say. It's difficult to quantify because you never know until you eliminate that element from the game. Keep in mind that even for those who argue in favor of an outright ban, you'd no longer have the typical heavyweight enforcer, but you'd still have guys who are capable of taking care of themselves and their teammates when the gloves hit the ice. So you'd still have that measure of accountability, in my estimation. And the issue that the game is mostly focused on, and rightly so, is that we need to eliminate head trauma, deliberate and reckless blows to unsuspecting vulnerable players. I think that's where the focus is best kept.
The NHL has three arrows in its quiver. One is supplemental discipline. If [NHL VP for player safety] Brendan Shanahan doesn't like what he sees, he can hand down a suspension. Number two is the one-ice official. You're always in fear of putting your team in jeopardy with a minor, a double minor, or a major penalty if you act up on the ice and deliver one of those deliberate blows. Number three is if you've got a Brian McGrattan, a Stu Grimson or a Bob Probert on your roster, the players on the other team who may be inclined to deliver a blow like that are probably thinking in the back of their heads, "I have to answer for this if I do it, so I ought to be careful."
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
“It leaves me somewhat concerned about what the second half of my life might be like,” Grimson, 45, says, speaking over the phone from his law office. “What are my 60s and my 70s and, God willing, my 80s, going to be like, having suffered some of the trauma that I did? I don’t know.”
There’s no answer to the question, of course. Grimson said he keeps up to date on the nascent research into the effects of brain injuries. And if his reading of the science has taught him anything, it’s that “everybody reacts differently to head trauma.”
“You look at Muhammad Ali — he probably took fewer blows to the head than George Chuvalo, but Muhammad Ali is in a very different place than Chuvalo today,” Grimson says.
From Emily Weirenga at Christianity.ca:
Off-ice, however, his fists unfolded into helping hands. Grimson was known for devoting countless hours to charitable causes including work with the American Cancer Society, the Canadian and American Spinal Research Organization and local hospitals.
“Most people are kind of stunned when they realize what kind of person I’m like off the ice,” Grimson says with a laugh. “That’s true of most guys who play my position in the NHL; most of them are easy to get along with and soft-spoken.”
read on for more on Grimson’s spiritual and family life.
Or you could just watch the highlight reel below for a whole other point of view…
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
One of the Predators’ most pugnacious former players is looking forward to returning to the team in a far more peaceful role this season.
Stu Grimson, whose fighting prowess earned him “The Grim Reaper’’ nickname, has recently returned to Nashville, where he will be continuing his law career. He’s also discussing a part-time role with the Predators, one that would have the personable Grimson involved with the community.
The NHL Players’ Association and Stu Grimson, a former player who was legal counsel with the NHLPA, have parted ways.
It is not clear whether Grimson was fired or resigned, but he is no longer working with the Association.